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Jacob Lawrence

Firewood #55
1942
gouache, ink, and watercolor
22 3/4 x 31 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Information Agency through the General Services Administration

Jacob Lawrence created Firewood on his first visit to the rural South, capturing farm life during a Depression-era winter. The subdued palette and abstract patterns convey the family's grim condition. Nothing grows in the barren landscape, yet family chores must continue.